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Notice given 15 December 2006

2946  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) In which year, or over which years, did Australia decommission its stockpile of cluster munitions.

(2) If the decommissioning of Australia’s stockpile of cluster munitions took place during the term of the Howard Government, what was the motivation behind the decommissioning.

(3) Why has not the Government supported Norway’s call for an international treaty to ban cluster munitions.

(4) Will the Government attend a meeting to be convened by Norway in Oslo early in 2007 for the purpose of working towards an international treaty to ban cluster munitions.

(5) Which types of cluster munitions does the Government label: (a) legal; (b) discriminating; and (c) reliable.

(6) What types of cluster munitions does the Government label illegal under international humanitarian law.

(7) In what circumstances can a government legitimately use cluster munitions.

(8) What involvement, if any, has Australia had in the use of cluster munitions in: (a) Afghanistan; and (b) Iraq.